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article imageReview: Vajra mixes genres together on new single 'Blind (Blood Mix)'

By Andrew Ellis     Sep 5, 2014 in Music
It's not an easy task for New York-based alternative rock outfit Vajra to put into one specific genre, but they wouldn't have it any other way.
They continue that reputation with their new single, "Blind (Blood Mix)," which is just another solid example of the band's experimental approach guided by lead singer Annamaria Pinna's unique voice.
The song is a healthy mix of hard rock and just the right amount of eastern influence. The drums, provided by former Mars Volta drummer Blake Flemming, help give the song a healthy foundation. Sprinkled throughout the song are what sound like little guitar scratches that give it more of a hard rock feel.
When Pinna starts singing in the beginning it sounds like she's struggling a little bit, but it doesn't last long. After a couple lines of lyrics her voice evokes a confidence that lasts throughout the entire song, and especially shines through in the chorus.
The New York City band got some heavy duty help behind-the-scenes as well. Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash) lent hand in co-producing the vocals and mixing. Tom Baker (Foo Fighters, NIN) was in charge of mastering.
What Vajra did in terms of mixing east and west musical influences isn't easy, but it works. Nothing feels forced, and they can only progress from here. The only thing that seems to need improvement is Pinna's vocal consistency throughout the entire song. It didn't sound like she struggled for long, but it may be too long for the short-attention-span-world we live in today.
You can listen to the single on SoundCloud, and their debut album, Pleroma, is available now.
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